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Friday, 17 July 2015 10:54

Davenport University to close campuses as part of restructuring plan

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Davenport University will close campuses and forge new partnerships with community colleges around the state as part of new restructuring plan announced Thursday.

The university intends to cease operations at its Flint and Kalamazoo campuses and move the coursework to Mott Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College, respectively. The college will also close its Battle Creek campus, where 90 percent of the students were enrolled in online courses, Davenport President Dr. Richard Pappas told MiBiz.

There were faculty and administrative staff job cuts as part of the restructuring, Pappas said, although he declined to say how many, saying they were “private matters.”

As a whole, enrollment in recent years at Davenport has been down, Pappas said. Much of the decline can be attributed to economic trends because in stronger economic times, part-time students tend to go back to work, he added. Davenport also has ceased offering associate degree programs.

“We estimate that by the fall of 2017, we will be rising in students in all areas,” Pappas said. “We are growing where we need to grow.”

The university plans to expand its presence in Caledonia Township at the W.A. Lettinga Campus, and is also exploring the idea of a campus in metropolitan Detroit, either in the city or the suburbs, Pappas said.

Ongoing capital projects at the Grand Rapids campus include a new business school and athletic facility. Davenport will also add a football program in 2016.

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